Thursday, June 26, 2014
... I've taken a major step back in terms of Spark stuff.
I don't know if you had noticed, but I have been largely absent from SparkLand since just before Easter.
It's not something I'm particularly happy about - I miss my Spark Friends and feel that I'm letting you down by not reading and commenting on your blogs, failing to send you Spark Goodies or encouraging messages, no longer contributing to Team Points and so on.
The thing is, I just got too obsessive about Sparking so that instead of it being a useful tool to help me make changes towards a healthier and happier lifestyle it became a heavy burden. I HAD to get as many points each day as I could, ticking off (= "checking" for my US friends!) the boxes on my Spark Points list even when I was very late for bed and desperately tired.
I was also obsessive about recording all the food I ate and the exercise I did - not in itself a bad thing, indeed we know it can be a very useful, positive thing to do, but ... well, eventually I realised that it was making matters worse rather than better.
So I've taken some time off. I hated the thought of not logging on to Spark and it was only through going to a remote part of Scotland where I had no access to a computer or the Internet for a week that enabled me to do it.
I've taken a tentative step back into SparkLand because I want to track my food intake for a few days to see if I'm getting the levels about right.
I really miss the support and friendship I've found here but don't feel I can afford the time that 'doing Spark properly' takes.
Friday, April 04, 2014
Three years ago yesterday Conan dropped the bombshell that he was leaving. Needless to say, I didn't celebrate my birthday the next day, or the next year, or the year after that.
This year I thought I was going to be spending the evening on my own at home, but instead I met two friends straight after work for a cup of coffee at Costa and then I was invited round for a meal at Grahame and Sue's house. It turned out to be a vegetarian feast and the whole of my Cell / Bible study Group were there too! I was given lots of cards, some roses and a pottery candle holder with scented candle.
I had a super evening and they even brought in a birthday cake with a candle on it and sang Happy Birthday to me! How kind people are! It's been the best birthday I've had in years!
Friday, September 13, 2013
I'm going to visit my uncle in Tasmania (you know - the island off the south of Australia?) tomorrow (Saturday 14th September) for three weeks. I'm a bit nervous about going all that way (one train ride and three different planes) on my own and not knowing how much say I'll have in what I eat and what exercise I can do. Apparently my aunt is a very good cook!
I don't think I'm going to have internet access whilst I'm away, so if you don't hear from me for a while, you'll know why.
I'm due back on 4th October, although I'll probably be too jet lagged to check into Spark Land for a day or two.
'See you' in October then.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
I was delighted to run for 40 minutes on Saturday - the most I'd done since breaking my ankle at the end of January. As I was still feeling good on Sunday I walked briskly up a local hill and back, taking 1hr 25 minutes. This is far less than I used to do but I was determined to build up gradually and not cause any secondary injuries through doing too much too soon.
On Monday, still feeling fine, I did a Body Pump exercise class at lunchtime, including some jumping on and off a fairly high step whilst holding a 5kg weight in each hand. I'm guessing this was the mistake although it felt OK at the time.
A couple of hours later, getting up to walk across the office, I got a shooting pain in my ankle which stopped me in my tracks. Although it eased a bit, walking was difficult and hurt. However, I had to get home and that meant walking and as I hobbled along by the river, the pain subsided until I could walk properly again.
Great! I'd been due to meet a friend at the Leisure Centre and go for a run so as I felt OK again, that's what I did. Only for 20 minutes on an even surface at a gentle pace and my ankle was fine for the first two-thirds of the run. After that it started hurting again and I still had to walk home.
By the time I'd cooked tea, my ankle was throbbing even when I sat resting with it elevated on cushions. It kept me awake for a time last night and has continued to be painful all day. Sometimes not too bad for walking on, other times, walking is very difficult.
I went to doctor who said it wasn't the bone or any serious setback, just a frustrating blip on the road to recovery. It's good that I haven't done any serious damage but it's still very disappointing.
Just as I was beginning to increase my running and planning to fell walk and see my running friends! Instead I've got to rest, ice and elevate it and take pain killers and anti-inflammatories.
So, no running, no driving, no walking other than the bare minimum, which also means no swimming. A big set-back.
I'm going to have to be very careful with calories now that my exercise level is taking another nose-dive.
The Summer 5% Challenge just took on a new level of challenge!
Saturday, July 20, 2013
In preparation for the Summer 5% Challenge, today's assignment was to list some of the reasons our weightloss and exercise plans have failed in the past and what we will do differently this time.
Here are mine:
1. Enforced inactivity due to injury
Strategy: schedule other forms of exercise and be diligent in doing what I can
2. Used my high levels of exercise to excuse eating too much / the wrong things.
Strategy: continue to track carefully what I eat and remember what I've learned!
3. Not believing I can lose weight and becoming despondent when the scales don't do justice to my efforts.
Strategy: focus on what I HAVE managed to achieve and reward myself for sticking to my plan.
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